Behold, a Chunnel!


| 3/16/2013 10:27:54 AM


Tags: chunnel, flock, hen, chicken, coop, chicken tunnel, homestead, garden, hawk, The Homestead Redhead,

I wanted to interrupt our regularly schedule chicken learning adventure with the debut of our latest project.  As I have mentioned, it has been WWIII between us, the chickens and the family of red-tail hawks that reside in our woods.  I have been searching for a better (and inexpensive) solution and stumbled upon the answer a few days ago.  I came across this brilliant idea from a fellow blogger’s tale of her chunnels (chicken + tunnel).  Her blog can be found HERE.  She had a wonderful idea that is becoming very popular among us chicken folk.  This idea gave me the foundation I needed for Homestead Redhead style chunnels.  Chunnel has become a regular word in our vocabulary this week.

I bought (well actually my sweet husband went out and bought-while I recovered from night shift) 100 ft of the 60 inch welded wire cattle fencing from the feed store.

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He also bought a bag of 75 u-shaped ground stakes (what you use to stake bird netting into the ground) and a package of flexible smooth wire.

I spread out the welded wire fencing and cut 5 ft x 5 ft panels.  This was really hard work as I don’t have the hand strength to cut with the tin snips very easily, but I did it!  I ended up with about 20 panels.  I then took a rake and raked all the straw, leaves and sticks out of the way where the chunnel was going to go.  Next, I lined them all up extending from the coop to get a feel on how it would look and proper placement.

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carl belken
12/2/2014 10:13:31 AM

Whenever I read a story about hawks and chickens it reminds me of an old friend of mine who was a WWII vet and lived out in the country. He had bought some bantams from a friend of his. He was on the phone with his son one day when he looked out his window just in time to see a hawk dive down and nail his bantam rooster. The rooster looked to be dead because the hawk began to fly away with it in it's talons. The hawk was about 15 to 20 feet in the air when it discovered that it's prey was not dead. The rooster was definitely alive and instead of being scared it was very angry. The hawk and the rooster began tumbling over and over in the air. The feathers flew, the hawk let the rooster go, and beat a hasty retreat to the nearest tree where it landed on a limb. The rooster flew back to the ground in an angry manner. When it landed it saw the hawk watching it. Instead of running for cover the rooster stayed out in the open in full view of the hawk. It paraded back and forth crowing loudly and proudly. Several times it stopped and crowed directly at the hawk. Apparently it wanted the hawl to come back for round 2. The hawk on the other hand would have none of that. It sat on it's limb looking at the rooster as if puzzled. It was as if it was thinking "Just what in the heck did I get ahold of back there?" My friend told me he had no more trouble from hawks for a long time after that.





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